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Hand Painted Cake

Hand Painted Cake is a delicious layered cake made with chocolate cake as base. Soaked in simple sugar syrup and frosted with whipped cream. It is then hand painted on top. The trick for hand-painting is to chill the cake perfectly. Read on to know more.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Assembling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Baking
Servings: 8 inch layered cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup +1 tbsp sugar granulated
  • cup + 1 tsp cocoa powder unsweetened
  • ¼ tsp baking soda heaped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cup hot water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Line the bottom of one 8 inch pan.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda & salt in a large mixing bowl. Do not use a mixer as it will not aerate the dry flours.
  • Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee & vanilla in a separate bowl.
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them till they are just combined. Do not overmix. A smooth batter is not necessary, few lumps in it are fine. If you are adding any liquor, then add it now.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Gently tap the pan so air bubbles are removed and batter spreads evenly.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins in the preheated oven. After about 18-20 minutes, insert a tooth pick towards the side of the pan. If it comes out clean, then cake is done.
  • Cool the cake in the pan on the rack for 15 minutes, then invert it on the rack. Leave it upside down to cool, it helps in flattening any dome shape. I baked three layers by baking this recipe three times separately. And then froze the layers wrapped in cling film. Continue with assembling and frosting the cake.

Notes

  1. Old fashioned chocolate cake is perfect as a moist base for frosting and layering cakes.
  2. Using coffee is optional.